Aristocrat discovers ‘golden trove’ of early religious books, leading to a Bible breakthrough.
THE BIBLE had a breakthrough in the nineteenth century when an aristocracy discovered a “treasure trove” of early and undiscovered scriptures concealed inside an old Egyptian hermitage by a nobleman.
Egypt has provided archaeologists and historians with a plethora of ancient treasures and secrets. The majority of the items discovered are ancient antiquities such as mummified bodies and death statues. However, in the nineteenth century, Robert Curzon discovered something that would forever alter our understanding of the Bible.
In the early 1830s, the aristocrat left what he perceived to be the dreariness of Britain in quest of an exotic North Africa where he hoped to uncover answers concerning Christianity and the Bible.
Curzon knew when he arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1833 that the country possessed more early records regarding Christianity and the Bible than had ever been discovered.
Alexandria was one of the great Christian centers by 300 AD.
To put things in perspective, Christianity was prohibited in the UK during the same period and would not become legal within the Roman Empire for another 14 years.
Curzon was well aware that Egypt housed some of Christianity’s earliest monasteries, as well as some of its earliest scriptures.
The Smithsonian Channel’s documentary ‘Bible Hunters: Search for Truth’ chronicled his expedition and discoveries.
The show’s host, archaeologist Dr. Jeff Rose, explained how the monastic movement began in Egypt.
He stated, ” “The first monasteries were formed when monks who had gone out to the desert to dwell in solitary grouped together in self-sufficient communities.
:: “The Syrian monastery, 90 miles west of Cairo, is one of Egypt’s and the world’s oldest monasteries.
“Curzon took over two days by boat and camel to get there in 1834; today, it takes less than two hours by bike.
“The monastery, which was founded in the sixth century AD, was noted for its wall murals and its library of valuable manuscripts.
“When Curzon went to the library, he found it in utter chaos, with manuscripts strewn across the floor.”
Many of the ancient manuscripts were later destroyed by poor Egyptians who couldn’t afford to buy gasoline.
Some of the ancient books, on the other hand, had been saved and kept under lock and key.
Curzon, convinced that this was the case, bribed a blind monk with booze and persuaded him to show him the monastery’s secret library.
And he was absolutely correct: the “Brinkwire Summary News.”